The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

11/5 Dinner




Pork Fried Eggrolls (2)

Pork Fried Rice, Red Cabbage & Onion Slaw in Soy Wrap

Pear & Short Rib Au Jus $8



Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Stone Brothers Three Pepper Jelly & Chow Chow,

French Mustards, Pickled Okra, Cornichons, Crostini $12



Winter Salad

Hard Boiled Egg, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Snow Peas,

Olives, Roasted Fingerlings, Mixed Greens, Anchovy Parsley Vinaigrette $10




Hickory Bacon, Romaine, Apples, Red Onion,

Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, Cheddar on Sourdough

Served with Fries or Salad $11



Steamed Mussels Frites

Spanish Chorizo, Shallots, Garlic, Sherry,

Roasted Tomato Broth, Fed Frites $14



Herbed Lamb Roast

Rosemary, Thyme & Honey Braised Lamb,

Sweet Potato & Honey Bee Gouda Au Gratin,

Sautéed Ellerbe Creek Dino Kale & Shallots, Lamb Au Jus $16